Midland, MI Two Car Collision, Aug 1932

SEVEN KILLED AS CAR BURNS AFTER CRASH.

FAMILY OF SIX LOST AS FLAMES DEVOUR AUTO NEAR MIDLAND, MICH.

GAS CAUSES BLAZE.

Midland, Mich., Aug. 19 (AP) - Seven persons, including an entire family of father, mother and four children, were fatally burned early today, in their automobile which caught fire after a collision.
The dead are:
MR. and MRS. GEORGE MESSER, of Thompsonville, Mich.;
and their four children, EDWARD, 12; FOREST, 10; STELLA, 6; and RUTH, 4;
HARRY CRANE, Bear Lake, Mich., a brother-in-law of MRS. MESSER.
MESSER, 43 years old, and HARRY CRANE of Bear Lake, Mich., the seventh occupant of the MESSER car, were taken to a hospital here, seriously burned and died late this afternoon. MRS. MOSSER, 41, was taken to Mercy Hospital at Bay City where she died shortly after the accident.
The MESSER car collided with one driven by GEORGE PATRICK, which bore an Ontario license. PATRICK was carrying two five-gallon cans of gasoline on his running board, and in the collision the cans burst.
The gasoline was sprayed over the MESSER car, which caught fire. The seven occupants were trapped, and EDWARD, STELLA and RUTH were dead by the time persons attracted to the scene could check the flames and reach them. FOREST died two and a half hours later in Mercy Hospital at Bay City.

The Rhinelander Daily News Wisconsin 1932-08-19